2018 / May
Lynn Su /photos courtesy of Jimmy Lin /tr. by Phil Newell
Kaohsiung’s Kezailiao fishing village, which at first glance looks no different from many communities along the western seacoast of Taiwan, seemed to come out of nowhere in 2012 when it hosted the independent music festival “Small Oyster Rock.” The festival became an overnight sensation, attracting upward of 10,000 visitors, and even President Tsai Ing-wen and Kaohsiung mayor Chen Chu took time out to attend. But it was suddenly suspended after the 2015 event. Now that the show is over and the people have all gone home, Kezailiao relies on its fish market and seafood auction, which attracts the usual tide of people each weekend, including many families.